Suit filed over unmentioned Duke title

By on June 22, 2009, 2:00 PM
In addition to all of the previous drama surrounding 3D Realms and their long anticipated Duke Nukem Forever title, some interesting new information has surfaced. In a court document filed on Friday, Apogee Software, Ltd. (3D Realms’ legal name), claims they signed an agreement with Take-Two Interactive, the designated publisher of Duke Nukem Forever, and 2K Games, a subsidiary of Take-Two.

The alleged agreement granted 2K Games full rights to design and publish a new title based on Apogee’s Duke Nukem franchise. Yes, an absolutely separate title from DNF, named “Duke Begins.” The title was a part of the previously undisclosed agreement between the companies met in October 2007. It also resolves the confusion surrounding Take-Two’s $2.5 million payment to Apogee. Take-Two claimed the payment was to help fund the development of DNF – but Apogee later stated the money was provided “in connection with another agreement for an unannounced game.”

Development of Duke Begins was to commence within two months of the October 2007 agreement and it was due for release by mid-2010. However, Apogee believes development halted in April 2009, despite Take-Two’s present denial of such. Where does it end folks?

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Captain828 Captain828 said:

Duke began, but DNF! ROFL

It's interesting to hear about this... but what happened with DNF in the meanwhile??

Kinda weird to hear about another game supposed to be released, yet DNF, also funded by R* didn't get any more money itself.

polidiotic said:

It ends with a boot up the ass, my friend... a boot up the ass. ;P

tengeta tengeta said:

Sounds like a typical day in the gaming industry. If they win the case they will rush whatever crap is finished at the time straight to the shelves.

yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Excellent. I look forward to playing both these games in the new future.

NeoFlux said:

yukka said:

Excellent. I look forward to playing both these games in the new future.

You mean "alternative future" ?

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